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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances ”—
First Amendment, Bill of Rights, CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
I don’t think they got the memo…
I am proud of the way I write.
Many people dislike the way I write, which is fine, but I like it. When writing is impersonal, it’s not as much fun to read. When I’m typing on my blog I like talking to you. Or I wouldn’t be writing on a blog. This means I write like I talk. So I’m like using the world like all the time and my sentences are like not always phrased right and like… Okay so I don’t say like that much.
So Aristotle said there are three components/styles in which you write. Ethos, logos and pathos. I’ll give you an example of each using my favorite topic, embryonic stem cell research.
A person who writes with ethos style would say one of two things about stem cell research.
1) Stem cell research is the ethical thing to do, because it could save lives.
or 2) Stem cell research is unethical because it uses human beings.
It’s all about whether or not something is ethical.
Ethos goes well with pathos. Someone who would write with pathos would say.
1) If someone you know needs a transplant, stem cell research could save their lives.
or 2) This research involves killing potential babies.
I don’t really think much as far as ethos and pathos go. I am more of a logos styled person.
A logos styled person could only say one thing. Logos is logical, and truly there can’t be multiple logical answers as far as “yea” or “nay” questions go most of the time.
Embryonic stem cell research can save the lives of living people. Harvesting embryos is not a problem because embryos are just embryos. They are not living beings and have no rights under the law.
So theres that explaination.
Do you think I should take people’s feelings into account when I’m writing rather that just state facts in the manner in which I do? I really want advice on this one.
Suppose there were a fire in a fertility clinic and you could save either 100 embryos scheduled for implantation in 100 women — or a two-year-old child. Which would you save and which would you let burn?If you believe that an embryo has the same right to life as any person, you should, rationally, choose the 100 embryos, because this would be saving 99 more lives than the two-year-old child’s life.
I love this question. The burning research lab scenario… =) Many stem cell research advocates use this objective to justify destroying embryos for medical research. Mk.. lets think.
You are banking that my moral intuitions will drive us to choose the toddler, thus proving I don’t really think the embryo(s) is human after all… Your objection fails for 3 reasons.
First, how does choosing to save one human being over another, or others, prove the one(s) left behind is NOT human? Given a choice between saving my son and a building full of other people, I would save my own kid. Would that prove the others were not human beings?
Second, the debate over embryonic stem cell research is not about choosing whom we’re going to “save”, as in the case of the burning lab. It’s about whom we’re going to deliberately “kill” to benefit us. Saving my own son first is permissible. Shooting those left behind is not, even if it would increase my chances of escape.
Third, moral intuitions are important, but they are not infallible. We must examine them in light of reason. A little over a century ago, many whites thought it unthinkable that anyone would consider black slaves human beings…
My choice doesn’t change the embryos value.
Yet another reason why...I, now hate Ron.
Ron Paul Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.
To provide for human embryonic stem cell research. A YES vote would:
Call for stem cells to be taken from human embryos that were donated from in vitro fertilization clinics Require that before the embryos are donated, that it be established that they were created for fertility treatment and in excess of clinical need and otherwise would be discarded Stipulate that those donating the embryos give written consent and do not receive any compensation for the donation.
Reference: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act; Bill HR 810 ; vote number 2005-204 on May 24, 2005
“The promise of stem cells, which have been used for 40 years in bone marrow transplants, lies in their ability to repair tissue, reduce inflammation, regulate the immune system, and respond to calls for help from multiple places inside the body. Stem cells are the body’s master cells - blank slates that renew themselves and mature into specific cell types in the heart, muscle and other organs.
Embryonic stem cells are uniquely capable of differentiating into every type of mature cell in the body, and were long viewed as the most promising for regenerating tissue.
But harvesting stem cells from embryos requires the destruction of the embryo itself, a process opposed by conservative Christian groups. Moreover, their endless capacity to divide can lead to the formation of teratomas, or stem cell cancers.
Recently, Geron Corp, the world’s leading embryonic stem cell company, said it could no longer fund its stem cell work and would focus on developing cancer drugs. It closed its trial for spinal cord injury.
Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells have a more limited capacity to differentiate, but appear able to reduce inflammation and promote blood vessel formation. Furthermore, they can respond to damage in the body in a flexible and dynamic way, offering advantages over traditional drugs.”
I take personal offense against anyone who is opposed to embryonic stem cell research. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 30 and has struggled with the brain degenerating disease every fucking day since diagnosed… If you don’t know what it does then look that shit up. Or just check out the video of Michael J. Fox proving a point by showing what the disease does without medication, you know, the one where Rush Limbaugh criticises him and says he is EXAGGERATING the effects of the disease. PUH-LEASE! I wish he would spend one evening with mom and say that to her face, she’s exaggerating. If you could walk a mile in my moms shoes you would want kill yourself because you wouldn’t even be able to walk that mile…you fall, can’t walk straight, muscle spasms, freezing in position…that’s not to mention the dementia you will eventually get and the hallucinations as a side effect of the millions of different drugs and their reactions with each other. Slurred speech, cognitive problems, depression, bad teeth, eventual loss of motor skills, bladder control(or lack thereof), constant tremors, stiffening muscles, memory loss, etc, etc… So when you sit there on your high horse saying EVERY FETUS FROM CONCEPTION HAS A RIGHT TO LIFE AND THEY CAN FEEL PAIN(even though they can’t up until 24 weeks because their nerve endings aren’t developed enough. Yeah, UK study) EVEN THOUGH IT WILL BE DISGUARDED ANYWAYS JUST REMEMBER WHAT ANY DEGENERATING NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE SUFFERING GOES THROUGH BE IT M.S., PARKINSON’S, WHATEVER!!! AND SAY TO YOURSELF WAIT, DONT THEY DESERVE THEIR RIGHT TO LIFE??? DONT THEY DESERVE TO LIVE PAIN FREE JUST LIKE THE FETUS DOES UP UNTIL 24 WEEKS??? HOW IS THAT FAIR TO MY MOM WHO I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR TO STOP HER DAILY SUFFERING. RON PAUL, YOU AND ANYONE ANTI-EMBRYONIC STEMCELL RESEARCH MAKE ME SICK. SICK THAT YOU WOULD BE OK WITH LETTING THE ALREADY SUFFERING GREATLY KEEP ON SUFFERING JUST WAITING TO DIE…AND IF YOU EVEN SAY ALL MY MOM NEEDS IS GOD, THEN YOU GO, GET A STEAK KNIFE FROM YOUR KITCHEN AND STAB YOURSELF IF THE THIGHS(BOTH OF THEM), A FEW TIMES. GET THE PICTURE OF HOW MY MOM FEELS??? NO??? YEAH, YOU NEVER WILL BECAUSE YOU ARE COLD AND DELUSIONAL.
Okay something that drives me crazy on both sides of the political spectrum:
When you debate embryonic stem cell research, fetuses should never once be mentioned. Ever. Ever ever ever. Biggest pet peeve. No, embryonic stem cells are not taking from “aborted fetuses,” thus, why it is called EMBRYONIC. Embryonic stem cells are taken from in vitro embryos. As in, when someone decides to use in vitro fertilization to have a baby, they usually have leftover embryos. These embryos are either used to have another baby or are thrown away. The end. Many don’t come back for the other embryo(s) due to financial reasons or multiple births the first time. Occasionally, they will be used for ESC research instead of getting tossed in the trash. Embryos are NOT pluripotent once they attach to the uterine wall. The pluripotent nature of embryos is everything. That is 100 percent the sole purpose of embryonic stem cell research. Pluripotent nature. That’s it, and that pluripotent nature is the reason we are now growing hearts, livers, and ears in a laboratory. It’s a big deal. But it’s important to keep in mind that anything after day six is virtually useless. Fetuses have ADULT stem cells. Even embryos once out of the fallopian tube have adult stem cells. No one is using fetuses for embryonic stem cell research, because it would be adult stem cell research, and we already have… oh I don’t know ADULTS for that? Do not bring up aborted fetuses or anything that does not have to do with in vitro fertilization, or people like me in the science field will already know you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Since abortion is a frowned upon thing on this blog, I'll go out on a limb and assume you're also against stem cell research. /Why/? Stem cell research literally turns abortion (if you really need to consider that a "bad thing") into a "good thing"; it could help my father, who has suffered from Parkinson's disease for quite awhile. The reason of, "Stem cell research is wrong because you aren't respecting the lives of the children who died for those cells" is utterly ridiculous and disgusting.
We have no problem with adult stem cell research (which has proven to be more useful than embryonic stem cell research). ESCR kills humans. No research, however good the intention, should not be at the expense of a human life.